Racial Discrimination Claims
Have you been the victim of race discrimination in the workplace? Claims National are race discrimination experts and can help you make a claim for compensation.
Race discrimination occurs when a person is treated less favourably because of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin.
Race Discrimination can be a very complex and sensitive area. Here at Claims National we believe that knowledge is power, contact us NOW to speak to our employment law team who will be more than happy to provide you with FREE expert advice.
The Equality Act 2010 states that it is against the law to discriminate against employees, jobseekers, and trainees because of their race. This can include the different elements of colour, nationality and ethnic or national origin.
There are four main types of racial discrimination, which are; direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment, and victimisation.
Direct discrimination covers three areas of discrimination; being treated differently and/or unfairly because of their actual race, because of their perceived race, or because of the race of someone they are associated with.
Indirect discrimination applies when there is a certain policy, rule or practice in the workplace that puts people of a certain race at a disadvantage.
Harassment can be committed in two different forms; unwanted conduct, and less favourable treatment of an employee because of their race.
Unwanted conduct is when a person’s dignity is violated, or they are made to feel intimidated, degraded, and humiliated, regarding their race. This can be done by bullying, nicknames, threats, inappropriate questions, exclusion, and insults.
Finally, victimisation is when an employee suffers some form of disadvantage, damage, harm or loss because of their race, or for making/supporting/giving evidence in a complaint about racial discrimination.
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As an employer, it is part of your duty of care to ensure that discrimination does not take place at work, as well as implementing practices and procedures to resolve any discrimination issues that may occur. Failure to do so can enable the discriminated employee to make a claim for compensation, of which they may be able to claim up to a 4 years’ salary.
All employees should be made fully aware that discrimination will not be tolerated in the workplace, as it can have a massive negative impact on the victim’s life. Being discriminated at the workplace can make the victim’s feel degraded and humiliated, have low morale and productivity, have increased absences and could potentially gain work related stress illnesses.
It is significant for employers to have harassment and bullying policy in place, as discrimination in the workplace is at their liability. The employer must also ensure that all employees fully understand the policy, and feel that they can talk to somebody if they feel that they are being discriminated in any form.
These policies should be put in place in order to prevent racial discrimination in:
- Determining pay, and terms and conditions of employment
- Training and development
- Selection for promotion
- Discipline and grievances
- Countering bullying and harassment
- When an employee is dismissed.